SpokenWord open mic every Monday from 2nd Jan au Chat Noir, Open Secret (the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes) every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sunday from 8th Jan in 2017

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 29th–Theme: Friends/Hope Springs Eternal


NICK CALDERBANK is the founder member of the On Stage/Open Space theatre company and has produced plays by Shakespeare, Pinter, Ayckbourn and Mamet.More recently he has turned his hand to writing and last year wrote and directed the short film ”The Power Within”

DAMIAN CORCORAN has been performing without his parents permission for over Half a century,and  since a typically messy entrance at their house he has continued to fuck things up worse than a couple of cowboy builders.

While we all confess that “There’s nothing like a good poem” Damian freely admits that ” mine are nothing like good poems but one day they’ll be my legacy”.

And when it’s found by my progeny they’ll say why did he  leave us his “leg at sea”.

Absurd though this sounds the rhyme is not the reason nor the time or the season but seize the day strike while the irony is hot And bless the little ones for they know not who they do.

Religion, in  particular the crucifixation, has played a b minor part in Damian‘s Roccoco chamber pot that others call “life” (pissoir in French) and it is through the poem that you shall know him “habeus corpus ic sunt bibendum est” As they say in Rome

But before he goes on a busman’s holiday (don’t tell the busman) and becomes a fulltime retired writer

He is performing deep and of great social import sketches about unreconstructed males who find beers easier to understand than women, even women with beers.





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Jamika Ajalon to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Resonance

jamphoto2017Artists Bio: jamika ajalon A disciple of the creative, I am inter-disciplinary artist who works with different mediums independently, but also in multiple fusions- incorporating written and spoken text, sound/music, and visuals. A nomad, I grew up in america but have lived for years in europe, including England, and France. During travels (including countries in Africa) I have met and collaborated with other artists, academics, who who challenge ‘frontiers’ (external borders as well as internalised) and are planting seeds. A science fiction nerd, I have always looked at ‘space’ as a place to realise and talk about possible futures. My publications and performances have been diverse. They include a series of audio-visual anti-lectures which explore memory, and nomadic subjectivity through a “afrofuturist” lens. As I roam I have had the good fortune to perform, record, tour , publish and exhibit/ screen my work inVienna, London, Berlin, South Africa, Senegal, Kampala, Paris…

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Emma Finet, Jennifer Karen, Pattie Martins to Guest at SpokenWord Paris, May 15th, in an Excerpt from Anton Bonnici’s play! Monday’s Theme: Erotic

Emma FinetJennifer KarenPattie MartinsAnton Bonnici

Emma Finet was trained by Philippe Vallepin at the Conservatoire du Mans, and Lydia Alieksievna at Demain Le Printemps school (Minsk). After performing in short movies and web series, she went back to theater through the parisian burlesque scene. She co-created the PAF Théâtre Cie with Sandrine Rouault, and released her first production in 2015, Hors d’Oeuvre d’Arts, a satyric comedy about contemporary art. Her own solo – Mémé Gertrude se Dévoile – followed in 2016. She also works for the Manoir de Paris which produces an interactive horror show on Parisian urban legends.

Jennifer Karen has been a professional actress for about 15 years. She completed a Performing Arts degree in Winchester and then continued her acting training in London where she also made her first steps as an actress for thetage, screen, commercials and as a voiceover artist. Her favourite roles in theatre to date are “Lady Macbeth” (Shakespeare obviously!) “Lady Mortimer” (C.Marlowe) and “Elizabeth Proctor” (A.Miller). Furthermore Jennifer is proud to have produced, written and co-directed the short “Naked Dreams” in which she played the lead role “Joanna”. This film has been screened at various events in Paris and at some international film festivals too. It was shot in Paris where Jennifer moved in 2011. Besides working in English and French, Jennifer also works regularly in Germany where she also grew up.

Pattie Martins Born into a family of Actors and Directors, Pattie pursued the same career path. Working in various styles of acting from physical to realist in both Film and Stage,  she’s completed training with Ariane Mnouchkine in Theatre du Soleil, Commedia Dell’Arte Mask Technique, and Argentinian pantomime. She also holds certificates in Eugenio Barba’s method with Odin Teatret in Denmark, and in Method Acting through the Stella Adler Actor’s Studio Technique. She’s also had the pleasure of working within the London, New York and L.A Stage and Film community, having performed the lead in an award winning film and performed in different productions on Parisian stages of all sizes.  She has also worked with (amond others) illustrious international film and stage directors such as Jyiue Hu, Hugo Cesto, Angela Buckingham and Sei Shiomi.

Anton Bonnici A playwright, director and teacher, Anton Bonnici has been a keen student of the literary and performing arts since his formative years. Subsequent to his studies in literature, theatre, creative writing, cultural criticism and theory, Bonnici developed interests in post- and trans- human subjects, extreme works of genre fiction, and anything related to television, pop and video-game culture. After having written and directed his Paris debut show Quasar Blues for the inaugural Paris Fringe International Theatre Festival in 2016, he created the Of Potters’ Demons production lab initiative as a Paris based artistic collaborative platform for the production and development of new experiences in art and performance beyond the compromising constraints of stereotypical commercial standards.

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Language.” Special guest poets Nico Vassilakis & Crystal Curry!

Open Secret! Your own intimate open mic community, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais – Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
We have two very special guest poets, visiting us from a long ways away, Nico Vassilakis & Crystal Curry. (Bio’s below). Because of the extent to which they deconstruct & reinvent language, “Language” shall be our theme.

Nico Vassilakis wrestles letters to free them of their word scrum then captures them in mid emancipated dalliance before they return to formulate into the next word. Many of his results can be found online and on his website, Staring Poetics – http://spokenwordparis.us8.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8f291f07cdd0dd501ebc6bc4d&id=fca025a7c1&e=d7e6d8af06. Nico’s visual work has been exhibited in vispo shows around the world. His latest book, Alphabet Noir (c_L books), is a collection of texts regarding visual poetry. A book, In The Breast Pocket Of A Fine Overcast Day, is forthcoming from Deadly Chaps Press. Nico was vispo editor for COLDFRONT magazine. Nico, along with Crag Hill, also co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics 2012). He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Crystal Curry is the author of But I Have Realized It, winner of the Gatewood Prize, selected by Dorothea Lasky (Switchback Books, 2016), Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium (Slope Editions, 2010) and the chapbook Logotherapy Pant (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2008). Her poems, reviews and poetry articles have appeared widely in publications including The Volta, Coldfront, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes and others. She lives in Van Cortlandt Village, BX, NYC with her husband, poet/artist Nico Vassilakis, their children and a little Boston terrier named Timaxzienie.

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Fred Eyangoh to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 8th–Monday’s Theme: Truth

10885586_10205546157718479_8082588945534226060_nFred Eyangoh was born in Cameroon. 19 years later, in 2010, after he received a bachelor in management, he moved to France and joined the business school HEC Paris. While on campus, he joined the school’s Glee Club, the improv group and was an actor/singer in the school’s musical. A few months after he obtained his Master’s degree, he started stand-up comedy at the Chat Noir. In 2015, he started with two other comics the open mic night called the Unfiltered Comedy Hour, and today he hosts the Comedy Square, which is the showcase English-speaking comedy show at the Paname Comedy Club, every Tuesday at 9:15pm

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SpokenWord Paris goes to Brussels: May 4-5-6-7

Paris meets Brussels

Link to Brussels event

An international expedition of poets has been organised to strengthen links with poets in the North in these dark political times… A poet exchange, you might say. The first phase involves 5 of us from SpokenWord Paris travelling to SpeakEasy: Spoken Word Brussels for various diverse events between Thursday 4th May and Sunday 7th.

Later, Brussels poets will travel south to Paris to bring us their news from the North.

The poets we are sending across the border are:

Camille Adnot (France) – Camille’s poems often deal with perception confusions, shapeshifting, and the female body and psyche. She also loves to revisit old myths and to give them a contemporary take.

David Barnes (UK) – a poet whose subjects range from daily life to outer space, alternately poignant and funny, David founded SpokenWord Paris after reading way too much poetry by John Cooper Clarke, Rimbaud, Ginsberg…

Thibaut Narme (France) – France’s first Melunian poet, Thibaut blends the personal with dark social observation. Check out his e-book ”Rap in my poetry – ‘cos white poets are boring”

Alberto Rigettini (Italy) – poet, playwright, screenwriter, freak-show barker, Alberto is the Italian host of  SpokenWord Paris and a Poetry Brothel pimp. Awarded a prize in 2011 for The Lorca in Translation Competition, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

Bruce Sherfield (USA) – singer, poet, drmatic monologuist… Bruce’s work is a kaleidoscopic, high energy collision mixing poetry and flash fiction. Also, he is writing a novel set in Brussels.

Camille Adnot

Thibaut Narme

Bruce Sherfield

Alberto Rigettini

David Barnes

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Mark Norman Harris to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 1st–Monday’s Theme: The Waiting Room

16602449_1870097669904816_7363330354534792373_oMark Norman Harris is a 29 year old Canadian artist living in Paris.  His work is based in performance, music and writing although he is an avid painter.   He studied religion and semiotics at the University of Toronto. Prior to living in Paris he was in Nepal where he wrote for the Kathmandu Post, and created an artist exchange program that brought artists to rural villages  for workshops and performances.   Mark is currently recording an album with Quvib records in Paris, and is the organizer of the Cabaret Voltaire. His play The Penal Clause, a « hiphopera » satire on freemasonry, was featured and the conceptual theatre festival Fourplay in April of this year.  Most of his work is explores themes of religion, absurdity, politics, and alienation.

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Paige Taggart to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 24th–Monday’s Theme: Memory

17857400_10154478561643807_1866598505_nPaige Taggart is from Northern California and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). With her partner Sampson Starkweather (founding editor of Birds LLC) she runs an occasional reading series The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy, which focuses on bringing out of town, diverse readers to Brooklyn to read. She graduated from the New School with her MFA in Poetry in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the NYFA in poetry and she served on the NYFA board of judges for poetry in 2011. She runs her own small business, a jewelry line (mactaggartjewelry.com) that specifically specializes in blinging-out poets, she also publishes these poets’s poems on her site alongside images of them wearing her jewelry. As well she runs an interview tumblr series called Poets Touching Trees.
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Open Secret, 2nite! Letters to a Young Poet. With writer Cordula Frei, & poet John Hoggett!


Open Secret! Your own personal community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, in the Latin Quarter. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). 8pm, nightlong sign-up begins, & at 9 the show.

Tonight, two special things – some Germanophones (like brilliant Swiss writer Cordula Frei) & Anglophones shall read from the letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as his poetry, in German & English. The theme is of course the title of his famous colllection, “Letters to a Young Poet.”

Also, catch John Hoggett again (Monday’s SpokenWord feature)!
John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps…

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John Hoggett to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 17th–Monday’s Theme: Sleaze

John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps.drag1-0801 (1)

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